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The revenge of Bin Laden
Twin explosions struck a paramilitary training center in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 80 people, in what the Pakistani Taliban described as its “first revenge” for the death of Osama bin Laden. The group threatened bigger attacks to come, in a statement shortly after the explosions. The blasts targeted newly trained recruits about to be bussed home on leave in Pakistan’s Charsadda district, near the Afghan border.
A suicide bomber detonated at least one of the blasts at the main gate of the facility for the Frontier Constabulary, a poorly equipped but front-line force in Pakistan’s battle against Al Qaeda and allied Islamist groups close to the Afghan border. Like other branches of Pakistan security forces, it has received U.S. funding.
More than 100 people were wounded, and 66 of the dead were recruits.
“This was the first revenge for Usama’s martyrdom. Wait for bigger attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.
“Also, the Pakistani army has failed to protect its land,” Ehsan later told The Associated Press.
The scene of the blast was littered with shards of glass mixed with blood and human flesh. The explosions destroyed at least 10 vans the recruits were boarding to go home for a short break at the end of a recent training session.
Dr. Abdul Hameed Afridi of Lady Rieding Hospital in Peshawar said 117 people have been treated at the hospital, including 40 with critical wounds.
About 3 to 4 pounds of explosives were used in one explosion, said police officer Jahanzeb Khan. Ball bearings and nails were used in another, heightening the death toll, he said.
A vegetable vendor at the site said some recruits were seated in white minivans and others were loading luggage atop the vehicles.
“There was a big blast,” he said. “I saw smoke, blood and body pieces all around.” source – Fox News
Is there a difference between discussing the political impact of an event like Osama bin Laden’s death versus politicizing it? I would say there is. Ever since the killing of Bin Laden I have witnessed the politicizing, and posturing of the death of Bin Laden by both the Right and the Left. Is it any surprise that the spin doctors are hard at work after what is widely considered a triumph for America in the war on terror? The republicans secretly worry this president will gain brownie points with the less informed public who get their information from the drive by media, while the left is ready with an assertive narrative of how ‘the president was so courageous in ordering the kill” I’m sure they are licking their chops as they ponder how they can better use this in the coming political battle for president in 2012.
Who is the Real Hero?
I ask you; what was so courageous on the part of the president? Was it he who was out there laying his life on the line? Was he the one who would forever be reminded of the blood and guts he left splattered all over that compound in Pakistan? Did President Obama once concern himself with a buddy who was along side him on this dangerous mission, asking himself; “would I make it back alive? Will we be successful? Did he ask himself “will I live to see my family or loved ones ever again?” No. The true heroes here are the warriors, the soldiers whether they were Navy seals, or which ever branch of the government they were. THEY ARE THE TRUE HEROES. The brave ones. The courageous ones to whom all credit should be given. I didnt really hear a lot of that on TV lately. They mention the ‘secret 6 Navy Seal Team’ but so much is being made of the presidents bravery when in fact it takes very little to do what he did. Afterall he knew for sure that OBL was in that compound. There was no guess work there.
Obama takes the credit.
It is ironic to see President Obama taking credit for policies that worked which were put in place by President George W Bush. Especially since those are the very same policies this president wanted to and still wants to eradicate. Truth be known if it were up to this president he would have never had this triumph. You see it has come to light that it was information obtained through the methods of ‘enhanced interrogation’ in Guantanamo Bay which netted the information the government needed to find, and then watch for the right moment for the kill. The operation has been in effect for four years. That’s right. This means since before Presdient Obama was in office. In reality this mission was started under President Bush administration and it just so happens that it came to a culmination now while Presdient Obama is presdient;. So please let’s stop fawning over this president and give credit where credit is due. I’ll let you decide that. As for me? Thank you to our brave men who undertook this dangerous mission with such precision. May God bless you always, and thank you Leon Panetta, and last but not least THANK YOU President Bush.
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Burlingame After Meeting With Obama: He Turned His Back On Me
Remember those awesome photos of Bush with family members of 9/11 victims, and he was hugging them and crying with them? Well, seems that our current president has a slightly different approach…
Debra Burlingame, the sister of Charles “Chic” Burlingame (pilot of the plane that crashed into the Pentagon) met with President Obama today, along with other families who were victims of 9/11. Burlingame said she confronted Obama about Attorney General Eric Holder prosecuting the men who interrogated KSM, which may have produced intelligence leading us to bin Laden.
Burlingame describes the encounter with Obama: “As a former attorney I know you can’t tell the Attorney General what to do, he said, ‘No, I can’t.’ But I said ‘we — that shouldn’t stop you from giving your opinion. We wouldn’t be here today if they hadn’t done their jobs. Can’t you at least give them your opinion.’ And he said ‘no I won’t,’ and he turned around and walked away.” source – Real Clear Politics
Why the coverup?
The Obama adminstration wants you to desperately believe that a raid took place under his command that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden, only one problem with that – no proof. They either can’r or won’t produce photographs or DNA evidence of anything related to the raid or the claimed burial at sea of the body. And now, as luck would have it, it seems that Leon Panetta’s story is that the video cameras on the SEALs helmets mysteriously “failed to function” for about 25 minutes. Which, in another amazing coincidence, is the exact time the adminsitration claims the raid took place. Really?
Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, revealed there was a 25 minute blackout during which the live feed from cameras mounted on the helmets of the US special forces was cut off. A photograph released by the White House appeared to show the President and his aides in the situation room watching the action as it unfolded. In fact they had little knowledge of what was happening in the compound.
In an interview with PBS, Mr Panetta said: “Once those teams went into the compound I can tell you that there was a time period of almost 20 or 25 minutes where we really didn’t know just exactly what was going on. And there were some very tense moments as we were waiting for information.
“We had some observation of the approach there, but we did not have direct flow of information as to the actual conduct of the operation itself as they were going through the compound.”
Mr Panetta also told the network that the US Navy Seals made the final decision to kill bin Laden rather than the president.” source – Telegraph UK
Still developing those Bin Laden death photos?
This isn’t about Reppublican .vs Democrat, or Red state .vs Blue state. No, what this is about is the unmittigated gall of Obama and his administration to, day and day out, pee in our boots and tell us it’s raining. Everything he touches, everything he does is shrouded, by his own choosing, in mystery, shadows and treachery.
Three years ago, when he was casually asked to prove he was born in this country, he refused to show a real birth certificate. Anyone else would have simply produced the document. Then after spending 1.5 million in legal fees to not have to go to court about it, he finally produces one, and surprise!…it’s shown to be a fake. He refuses to show his college records, he claims to be the “most transparent President in history”, and yet holds all meetings in secret. And now, after 10 years of the US looking for Bin Laden, he claims to have given the orders that finally got him. He only lacks one thing – proof. He refuses to show any video, any photos, any audio, or the proof of the DNA tests he claims were done. In fact, right after the alleged killing the ‘body’ of Bin Laden was dumped into the ocean in “strict accord with Muslim burial standards.” Really, Mr. President? From the very moment the story broke, it was obvious that the truth was not being told. Even your own press secretary was confused and unable to “follow the script’ when asked simple, simple questions about what happened. That’s what happens when you tell lies, Barry, they become very hard to keep track of.
Do you honestly think that you’re that smart, or more likely, that we all are that stupid? You must, there is no other possible, sane rational explanation for it. I am pretty sure that I am speaking for most of America when I say to you either produce convincing and overwhelming proof of Bin Laden’s death at US hands, or just quit talking. What should have been a slam-dunk has become a conspiracy theory, and it’s become one because Obama has made it into one.
So in the meantime we sit and wait. We wait to be shown the photos, the proof that the assasination actually took place, and quite frankly it’s insulting to our intelligence. And then when you finally will produce the ‘evidence’, it will quickly be shown to be the fake that it is, just like your phony birth certificate that was created in layers in Adobe Illustrator. We are not that stupid, Mr. President, and you are pushing the American people to their limits. You are a liar, a deciever, and whatever else you are, here is one thing you are not – American.
Show us the photos, real photos, or shut up. You no longer deserve the benefit of the doubt.
Reuters starts to release photo but none surface of Bin Laden
As new photos come in, NTEB will bring them to you.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Photographs acquired by Reuters and taken about an hour after the U.S. assault on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan show three dead men lying in pools of blood, but no weapons.
The photos, taken by a Pakistani security official who entered the compound after the early morning raid on Monday, show two men dressed in traditional Pakistani garb and one in a t-shirt, with blood streaming from their ears, noses and mouths.
The official, who wished to remain anonymous, sold the pictures to Reuters.
None of the men looked like bin Laden. President Barack Obama decided not to release photos of his body because it could have incited violence and used as an al Qaeda propaganda tool, the White House said on Wednesday. source – Yahoo News
A: I was told – in these exact terms, “we overruled him.” (Obama) I have since followed up and received further details on exactly what that meant, as well as the specifics of how Leon Panetta worked around the president’s “persistent hesitation to act.” There appears NOT to have been an outright overruling of any specific position by President Obama, simply because there was no specific position from the president to do so. President Obama was, in this case, as in all others, working as an absentee president.
I was correct in stating there had been a push to invade the compound for several weeks if not months, primarily led by Leon Panetta, Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, David Petraeus, and Jim Clapper. The primary opposition to this plan originated from Valerie Jarrett, and it was her opposition that was enough to create uncertainty within President Obama. Obama would meet with various components of the pro-invasion faction, almost always with Jarrett present, and then often fail to indicate his position. This situation continued for some time, though the division between Jarrett/Obama and the rest intensified more recently, most notably from Hillary Clinton. She was livid over the president’s failure to act, and her office began a campaign of anonymous leaks to the media indicating such. As for Jarrett, her concern rested on two primary fronts. One, that the military action could fail and harm the president’s already weakened standing with both the American public and the world. Second, that the attack would be viewed as an act of aggression against Muslims, and further destabilize conditions in the Middle East.
Q: What changed the president’s position and enabled the attack against Osama Bin Laden to proceed?
A: Nothing changed with the president’s opinion – he continued to avoid having one. Every time military and intelligence officials appeared to make progress in forming a position, Jarrett would intervene and the stalling would begin again. Hillary started the ball really rolling as far as pressuring Obama began, but it was Panetta and Petraeus who ultimately pushed Obama to finally act – sort of. Panetta was receiving significant reports from both his direct CIA sources, as well as Petraeus-originating Intel. Petraeus was threatening to act on his own via a bombing attack. Panetta reported back to the president that a bombing of the compound would result in successful killing of Osama Bin Laden, and little risk to American lives. Initially, as he had done before, the president indicated a willingness to act. But once again, Jarrett intervened, convincing the president that innocent Pakistani lives could be lost in such a bombing attack, and Obama would be left attempting to explain Panetta’s failed policy. Again Obama hesitated – this time openly delaying further meetings to discuss the issue with Panetta. A brief meeting was held at this time with other officials, including Secretary Gates and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but Gates, like Panetta, was unable to push the president to act. It was at this time that Gates indicated to certain Pentagon officials that he may resign earlier than originally indicated – he was that frustrated. Both Panetta and Clinton convinced him to stay on and see the operation through. source – SocyBerty